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Gulfport residents weigh in on possible new trash contract

Councilman Walker adds that the cost to residents won't be released until after the meeting, which means it could be more than what they currently pay. (Image Source: WLOX) Councilman Walker adds that the cost to residents won't be released until after the meeting, which means it could be more than what they currently pay. (Image Source: WLOX)
The contract adds that they will reduce recycling pickup to every other week since only 15% of households in Gulfport recycle.(Image Source: WLOX) The contract adds that they will reduce recycling pickup to every other week since only 15% of households in Gulfport recycle.(Image Source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Green receptacles are common place at homes and businesses across Gulfport.

Residents currently rely on sanitation workers to empty their trash cans twice a week. 

"I think that as long as we can maintain a two day a week pickup, which is really important to us," said Jennifer Ratcliffe. "We're a busy family with three kids, so I don't think that going to one day a week would ever work for us."

Gulfport broke off from the Harrison County Utility Authority and negotiated its own trash collection contract with Waste Pro. Councilman Rusty Walker says keeping twice a week pickup is a big deal since 60 percent of residents use it twice weekly.

"By the end of the week it gets pretty stacked up. If we miss one of the days by the time the next week pick up comes, it's pretty full," said one resident.

But, not everyone thinks the city should stick with Waste Pro.

"I've had my trash not picked up. I've had limbs and stuff, debris that we've put to the side of the road. I've had to call them several different times to get it picked up," said Gerald Schneider.

Councilman Walker adds that the cost to residents won't be released until after the meeting; which means it could be more than what they currently pay.

"I guess if the price went up and the service got better I would be okay," said Schneider.

The contract adds that they will reduce recycling pickup to every other week since only 15 percent of households in Gulfport recycle.

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